As part of the Community Engagement Opportunities – Tech pilot program organized by dropout prevention nonprofit Communities In Schools of Atlanta, students installed each computer component, assembled hardware and loaded software to get the computers up and running.
Students also learned to troubleshoot and upgrade the memory and operating system of the computer to Windows 8.
The CEO-Tech pilot project was established by two Westlake alumni, Monique Stevenson and computer engineer Troy Nunnally, to expose students to computer technology career pathways through a service learning project.
The students built computers to donate to several families within the school community.
“I just dropped the last [computer] off to a student’s house. All day [Thursday], he was asking me after every period ‘are you still going to take me home with my computer,’” Demona Warren, the Westlake site coordinator, said in a statement. “Once we got there, I felt like Santa; the entire family came out to get it and gave me hugs, even his 2 year-old nephew. Such a deserving family; they were just homeless two weeks ago.”
Students were provided the learning experience through the Choose Success Program, which gives students opportunities to give back to their peers and their communities.
Through Choose Success, students apply for grant funds to develop and implement projects to meet needs in their communities.
The students will be recognized for their efforts during the nonprofit’s 10th annual Choose Success Awards dinner gala May 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thalia N. Carlos Community Center at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road in Atlanta.